Selling your business is a confidential process. Have you considered during the process the future of your employees and their reaction of the business having a new owner? Disclosing information as you start your exit strategy can do harm during the process and jeopardize a successful transaction. So how and when do you tell your employees? Forbes.com had a good article giving some tips on preparing your employees for the sale of your business.
- Wait until the deal is completed.
It is best to wait until the papers are signed and the deal is final before telling the employees. Telling them too soon could decrease the value of of your business. Losing a employee can be detrimental to the value of your business and the sale of your business.
- Tell your closest associates first.
Before disclosing information to all your employees, you want to make sure your closest and highest ranked associates know your exit plan. These employees will be developing close relationships with the new owner if they decide to stay.
- Plan accordingly in telling your employees.
Each employee will react differently to the news so it is important to be as compassionate as possible when telling them you will be leaving and a new owner is taking your place. Employees need to know their jobs are secure once a new owner takes over. Make sure to introduce the new owner to your employees after you break the news.
The way you’ve handled your business is unique and unlike any other will do so it is important to find a buyer that is the right fit for the business you’ve built.
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